Addison`s disease

Who it affects Addison`s disease is a rare disorder affecting 1 in every 100,000 people. It may be due to antibody destruction of cells in the adrenal gland, surgical removal of the adrenal glands, infections or inherited conditions. What gland…

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Hypopitutarism

Who it affects Hypopituitarism is an uncommon disorder affecting 45 per 100,000 people. Its causes include: surgical removal of a pituitary tumour, radiation of the pituitary, infections and tumours (usually benign). What gland is involved The pituitary gland is situated…

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Hypothyroidism

Who it affectsHypothyroidism is a common disorder affecting 5% of the general population. What gland is involvedThe thyroid gland lies in the front part of the neck just under skin and below the thyroid cartilage (see picture above). SymptomsPatients with…

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Hyperthyroidism

Who it affectsHyperthyroidism is also known as thyrotoxicosis or an over active thyroid and is a relatively common disorder. An over active thyroid may result from various causes. Patients with Graves disease are usually younger, female and may have a…

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Obesity

Who it affects Obesity is an increasingly common disorder. It is estimated that obesity will affect 40% of the population by 2020. BMI (Body Mass Index) is used to classify patients as overweight or obese. BMI is calculated by dividing…

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